REMEDIAL MASSAGE THERAPY
Do you suffer from persistent pain? Remedial massage could be for you!
Your Remedial Massage therapist is trained to assess your pain and apply a range of massage styles that are appropriate for your condition. Your remedial massage will often combine techniques such as trigger point release, deep tissue massage and sports massage techniques.
A deep remedial massage can encourage blood flow to tight bands of muscle, improving oxygen supply and flushing out toxic chemicals in these muscles to effectively relax the tissues. Lighter treatments can still provide effective relief from pain and tightness by removing adhesions in the overlying fascial layer. You can discuss with your remedial therapist or physiotherapist the goals of your massage, who can recommend an appropriate treatment.
The immediate benefits from your remedial massage therapy will include reduced pain, improved mobility, decreased stress and improved energy levels.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What Do I Wear To My Appointment?
Quite simply, make sure that you are comfortable. We will ask you to expose areas that you would like massaged, however we will always maintain your modesty throughout the treatment.
Our therapist will generally leave the room and request that you place a towel over your body at the start of your appointment.
Are There Times Where I Should Not Have a Massage?
There are some moments where massage therapy is contraindicated.
Most notably, following an acute injury it is important to adhere to the No HARM principle. This stands for No HEAT, ALCOHOL, RUNNING/ACTIVITY or MASSAGE.
Massage increases the amount of blood flow to the injured area, and as such in the case of acute injury can increase the level of inflammation at the injured site. We always recommend that people follow the RICER principle in the case of acute injury. This refers to REST, ICE, COMPRESS, ELEVATE and REFER.
There are also moments where you have been continuously trialling treatment with no real long term response. Whilst not contraindicated, in these instances your physiotherapist may choose to perform a different treatment such as Dry Needling or Exercise Rehabilitation in order to remedy your pain.
I Have an Event Coming Up, Should I Get a Massage?
Massage in general should be part of your regular routine for endurance athletes. It is recommended that you schedule your final massage 2-3 days prior to your event so that you allow your body sufficient time to recover following your treatment. Most athletes can receive a moderate to firm treatment 2-3 days prior, and schedule a post event massage 1-2 days following.
Will My Private Health Insurance Cover Massage?
Your massage will be delivered by a qualified physiotherapist. As such, you can claim your treatment through your physiotherapy item codes under your Private Health Insurance.